Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Rocked By Witdrawals

BULAWAYO – THE ZIMBABWE International Trade Fair (ZITF) has called an urgent stakeholders conference in Bulawayo on Thursday as Exhibitors who had registered are pulling out in large numbers citing high participation costs.\r\n

Industry and Commerce Minister, Welshman Ncube and regional Intergration and International Trade Minister, Priscilla Misihairabwi are  to  address the emergency stakeholders meeting.

The ZITF has also invited service providers to the meeting to iron out outstanding issues and address concerns raised by exhibitors forcing many to cancel their bookings.

A notice sent out by the ZITF said stakeholders invited to the meeting include accommodation providers, caterers, the police, immigration officials and those providing décor services for the stands.

“All ZITF stakeholders are welcome including accommodation and catering services, stand design and décor services, hire services, freight forwarders, cleaning agencies, plant décor services, police security companies, immigration and ZIMRA,”reads the notice sent out by ZITF.

This year’s edition of the ZITF kicks off from 28 April to May 2 and will be held under the theme ‘Golden Platform for Dynamic Take-off.

Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to officially open this year’s trade fair even though ZITF officials say the guest of honour has not yet been confirmed by the government.

The ZITF two weeks ago reduced rates drastically in a bid to attract more exhibitors.

External sites per square metre were reduced from US$25 to US$15 while hall space is now US$25 from US$40 per square metre.

A pre-constructed nine square metre space is now US$362 from US$587.